Mimbiz silver "The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation."  Isaac D’Israeli



A collection of my favorite quotes. Not organized in any order.


"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right."  Henry Ford

"Do or do not, there is no try." Yoda Star Wars 5 TESB

"Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."
Richard L. Evans

"I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are." Milton Berle

"It is easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by like a song. But the man worthwhile is one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong."    Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"The taxpayer -- that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."  Ronald Reagan

"Life's tough,  it's even tougher if you're stupid." John Wayne

"Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

"Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand, and I can move the world." Archimedes

"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." George Orwell

"Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever." Lance Armstrong 

"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up." Vince Lombardi

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will," Vince Lombardi

"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy."Arthur Ashe

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." Galileo Galilie

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who did not."  Thomas Jefferson

"You can not make excuses and money at the same time." Dean Naylor

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

"If you believe in unlimited quality and act in all your business dealings with total integrity, the rest will take care of itself." Frank Perdue

"Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous."  Confucius

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." Confucius

"Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change." Confucius

"We are what we repeatedly do." Aristotle

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is
a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." Benjamin Franklin

"Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more." Robert Collier

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." Abraham Lincoln

"We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision."  Gary Collins

"You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." Henry Ford

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky

"Good, better, best; never let it rest till your good is better and your better is best."  Anon

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." Zig Ziglar

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."  Warren Buffett

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go." William Feather

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." Napolean Hill

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." Robert F Kennedy

"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes." Henry Kaiser

"Every exit is an entry somewhere."  Tom Stoppard

"The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon." George Washington

"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win
by fearing to attempt."
William Shakespeare

Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it." Les Brown

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."  Frank Herbert from Dune

 "Let each one examine his thoughts, and he will find them all occupied with the past and the future. We scarcely ever think of the present, and if we think of it, it is only to take light from it to arrange the future.... So we never live, but we hope to live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable we should never be so."  Pascal

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."  Helen Keller

"A will finds a way."  Orison Swett Marden

"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for." John Shedd

"Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down."  Ray Bradbury

"I never worry about action, only inaction." Winston Churchill

"Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."  Goethe

"One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better."  Blaise Pascal

"Spirit is substance which forms itself according to your demands, and must have a pattern from which to work. A pan of dough is as willing to be formed into bread as biscuit. It makes as little difference to Spirit as to what we demand." Frances Larimer Warner

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." Blaise Pascal

"Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand."
Bruce Marton

"The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone." Orison Swett Marden

"Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience." Laurence J. Peter

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them."
Ann Landers

"The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become."
Harold Taylor

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
Johann von Goethe

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan

“Ones aim should be to concentrate and simplify, and so to expand ones being…and so to flow upwards towards the divine fountain of being whose stream flows within us.” Plotinus

"During their lifetimes every man and woman will stumble across a great opportunity. Sadly, most of them will simply pick themselves up, dust themselves down, and carry on as if nothing ever happened."  Sir Winston Churchill

"You can have whatever you want in life. If you just help enough other people get what they want."  Zig Ziglar

"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by  obvious  realities.  We need men and women who can dream of things that never were." John F. Kennedy

"Don't take life seriously because you can't come out of it alive."  Warren Miller

"Don't dwell on reality; it will only keep you from greatness." Randall R McBride jr.

"Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience." Laurence J. Peter

"Confusion is that wonderful state right before clarity."   Mandy Evans

"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him." Booker T Washington

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration. Charity only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them alive in their wretchedness, or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for an hour or two; but inspiration will cause them to rise out of their misery. If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it by getting rich yourself." Wallace T. Wattles

“Whatever he can say, no one can be really happy or satisfied unless his body is living fully in it’s every function and unless the same is true of his mind and soul”. Wallace T. Wattles

"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it. As long as you really believe 100 percent." Arnold Schwarzenegger

"You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration." James Allen

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." Calvin Coolidge

"You can not make excuses and money at the same time."  Dean Naylor

"We are what we repeatedly do." Aristotle

"They who know how to employ opportunities will often find that they can create them; and what we can achieve depends less on the amount of time we possess than on the use we make of our time."  John Stuart Mill

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." Helen Keller

"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to." George E Allen

"I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares
because of my dreams."
Dr. Jonas Salk

"I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games.
26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot...and missed.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I
Michael Jordan

"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself."
William Faulkner

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it." Margaret Thatcher

"Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon." E.M. Forster

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." Confucius

"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas." Linus Pauling

"To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness." John Dewey

"I AM - the two most powerful words in the world, for whatever we put after them becomes our reality."   Susan Howson

"Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view." Anon

"A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. " Earl Nightingale

"I like thinking big... if you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.” Donald Trump

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." Henry David Thoreau

"Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them." W. Clement Stone

"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else.
It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits.
There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond
Bruce Lee

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."  Theodore Roosevelt

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."  Thomas Jefferson

“Your focus determines your reality.” Qui-Gon Jinn Star Wars I TPM

"What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24

"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973)

"Keep doing the right things right and you can't go wrong."  John E Evans  me

And a little poem to close with;

"The inner side of every cloud
Is bright and shining;
I therefore turn my clouds about,
And always wear them inside out--
To show the lining."
James Whitcomb Riley


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